UPDATE: Release from Bull Shoals Dam is beginning at 4:00. The total controlled release from the spillway gates and hydropower will be approximately 13,250 cubic feet per second when the release is complete.
by: Scott McCaulley
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, depending on timing of rain, will be conducting a spillway release from Beaver Dam, at approximately 5 p.m. today according to a post on the Corps Little Rock District Facebook Page.
The total spillway flow will be around 3,700 cubic feet per second. The total release from the dam, when combined with hydropower releases will be around 7,500 c.f.s.
Earlier today, a planned release from Bull Shoals Dam was postponed due to out of control overflow on the Buffalo River.
The Corps is advising areas downstream of the dam to begin assessing their respective plans and to begin taking the proper precautions. Landowners with belongings near the river’s edge should also begin making plans for high water.
The Corps says the uncertainty in the rainfall forecasts that they will schedule releases in response to on-the ground impacts to best minimize flood damages.
The release Tuesday did not mention a new time for the water release from the Bull Shoals Dam or when a release from the Table Rock Dam would happen, but still maintain those as possibilities as rain continues to be in the forecast until the end of the week.
Because of uncertainty in rainfall forecasts, releases will be made in response to the on-the-ground impacts to best minimize flood damages.
The Water Management staff has been and will continue to be engaged and proactive in responding to the conditions.